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officials in north carolina plan to wait until daybreak to really see what kind of damage earl brought to the state's outer bank. >> we have live team coverage for you. rick leventhal is in montauk, rich reichmuth is in the weather center and steve hariggan is in virginia beach, virginia, where they are awaiting earl's heavy rains and high winds. steve, what does it look like now? we saw a wind situation. have you seen any more rain? >> reporter: no rain yet. you were talking about how the storm has developed over the past few days. we were down a couple of days ago in the u.s. virgin islands where we saw this as a much more powerful storm than we are feeling it here. in the virgin islands we were there and it was really strong enough to take roof its off of buildings and knock down trees, quite a bit of structural damage in the north eastern caribbean. real concern for life and limb. here in virginia, we are seeing
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a very different story because the storms moved so slowly, about 15 or 18 miles per hour, you can really leap-frog and keep up with it.
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>> it depends on travel and whether the flights go in on time. virginia beach was expecting a huge tourist weekend, both the american music festival with reo speed wagon set to play here as well as the rock and roll half marathon, as many as 20,000 marathoners are expected to come here as well. a busy weekend for hotels and for commerce. it is not clear how many people cancelled and how many people are not going to go through with it. both events will go ahead as scheduled. >> we can hear the wind as you are talking. any idea how strong the wind is there now? >> we have about 30 mile per hour gusts, but really no signs of structural damage. no trees down. the branches are blowing, but not getting knocked off. a lot of people out on the beach enjoying the late night here walking along and some real curiosity. people are looking at how big the waves get and really feeling and actually enjoying the breeze. they are not taking shelter and huddled up in the
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nighttime hurricane. you have no power and you are in the dark and are scared. a different atmosphere this time around in virginia beach. >> are they worried at all about beach erosion there right now? >> i don't think there will be any beach erosion here. i think the concern has been with swimmers over the last couple days. they had the red flags outlast weekend because of the earlier storms. about 140 rescues in one day. just four rescues. surfers were out there with their short boards, but most of the people on the beach were getting called in by the lifeguards if they tried to go in beyond their waists. >> did you talk to any of them why they would go out there even when the red flags are up? >> well, you can see the same groups and people are celebrating and drinking and surfers. really on the east coast you wait a longtime for good surf
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like this, and so people are trying to take advantage of the great surf. >> and i guess you haven't taken advantage of it yet. >> not me. >> steve "cowabunga" hair raw -- her ry gen. >> the national weather service predicted 18 feet of waves at some point in time. they have down graded that to two to four feet. and they say there may be very little flooding along the coastline. hurricane earl is about 85 miles east southeast of cape hatterus moving at about 18 miles an hour. winds are sustained about 100 miles an hour and gusts up to 120 miles per hour. our meteorologist in the fox extreme weather center with the latest. >> greg, i want to clarify that. two to four feet, where are you getting that? >> yeah, i'm quoting the
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associated press. the national weather service predictions of -- i'm sorry, storm surges two to four feet. >> okay. not waves. waves are up to 15 feet with this. they say storm surge of three to five, so it has come down two to four, and that is good news. we will see that across the sound side where it will come in on the back. i will show you that in a second. this shows where most of the activity happens in a typical hurricane season. the peak of it is september 10th. we are at the beginning of september, so we are headed toward this peak of the season. we have until about august 10th, august 15th before things really begin to subside. we have a lot of storms lined up. fiona, a fairly significant tropical storm will be around bermuda tomorrow night and into the day. that was gastone earlier today. it could be a player for us as we move forward about ten days from now. obviously we have been talking about earl.
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a couple things on the satellite imagery, the last couple i'm memgs, that's some dry air coming into it, and that is helping with the weakening. that has been weakening it. and these are all great things if you are out across areas of the outer banks. we are going to feel the affects. when you are on the left side of the storm, winds will be coming in this case out of the north. and that means we will be piling this water into the sound, and that over wash we see uh -- across highway 12 will be coming from the backside of it and not coming from the coastal areas. that's what will be the biggest problem. the hurricane-force winds that are indicated in the red are well offshore. those are the sustained hurricane-force winds. hurricane gusts in the orange and tropical storm-force winds in the yellow area are extending farther inland. we will see some of that for a short period of the day around the del marva and the jersey shore and across parts of long island. and here you go, this is the red area around midnight tomorrow night around
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nantucket. and the far eastern side of cape cod, maybe chat tunnel. pea town, you are fine. areas toward the bourne bridge and stuff, you will be fine. and then it moves out quickly. that's very, very good news for us. >> nantucket suffered for years from heavy erosion. so this is going to do them no good, right? >> well, it is. they get nor' easters. and i have to tell you, a nor' easter they can get, and we had a number this last winter, can cause a lot more damage. some of those can stick around for a longtime. this storm is going to be moving so quickly the affects that we feel from the -- as it moves in across areas of the cape, they will be feeling those affects for about three hours. and that's it. they are not going to be dealing with a real prolonged period of the battering and pounding. >> but the surges? did the surges last longer? >> yes, the surges move in longer, but they will not be having that days long that we
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can see with some of the nor' easters that pound and pound these areas with the winds that are 40, 50 miles an hour. it will be in and out pretty quickly. the water will subside pretty quickly. >> sounds like that's the best case scenario for the erosion again if it is not going to -- >> well, there is going to be some, no doubt. but it is not the worst case scenario, and they get it worse with the nor' easters in the spring and winter period. >> all right. >> and for those people who did not catch your tennis update, the u.s. open, they are gonna play, right? >> they will play. hopefully when this gets done we can get to see some of these matches. >> okay. they are gonna play. you can't play. >> not only that, guys, i have to tell you, it is so hot they had the highest record temperature at the u.s. open a couple days ago. they have nef seen temperatures like that. one of the players passed out. that's gone. temperatures will be in the 70s on saturday and sunday.
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>> that's good news. we are getting good news all over the place. >> did you see the video? i mean she fell like a rock. fortunately the good news is she's okay. she had a concussion preceding the event. >> she was a contender to win too. >> i was there the first day and it was scorching hot. it was awful. >> the mild weather is definitely welcome at this point. earl's winds dropped to close to 100 miles an hour. officials in north carolina plan to wait until daybreak to see what kind of damage earl brought to the outer banks area. on the phone is commander brian thompson. he is the deputy sector commander for all coast guard resources in north carolina. brian, thank you for being with us this morning. what can you tell us as far as what you expect to see at daybreak tomorrow? or today? >> thank you. we will be geting on the road with our damage assessment teams as well as making a
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preliminary flight over the eastern carolina area as well as inland. that's also a concern of ours as i was listening earlier. the large amount of water heading east and to the west in our sounds, we will have to make a good assessment and pry your ties any situation we see before us. >> what are you planning for tomorrow? what sort of plan do you have in place to deal with any possible damage or aftermath? >> well, we have the coast guard small boat stations and the stations are poised to respond to mariners that may be in distress. folks may be experiencing flooding in their roads and neighborhoods and provide a safe refuge for them. >> have you received any calls yet from anyone who might be in distress and in need of rescue? >> not yet. it would appear that for most of the mariners in the area we have been through hurricanes
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before they heeded the warnings and they got their boats out of the water. we had to close the ports of wilmington and moorehead city and at that time there was limited boating traffic. of course, all major shipping was closed down. but we have not received any reports as of yet. >> you know, you have to secure those boats and ships that are in your harbors. they can do a lot of damage had this been a lot stronger than it has turned out to be. or that it will be. you know, those ships have to be secured. how do you go about doing that quickly? >> well, initially we have the word out to our partners in the community what our intentions are. shipping companies are able to schedule from overseas or within the u.s. their ship schedules and maintain an avoidance of the hurricane. and for our boating community -- for our boating community they will pull their
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boats out of the water or move into other locations. that's a big part of what we will be doing tomorrow is checking the waterways, ensuring we can open the port in a timely fashion and get the fairies moving as well too for the labor day weekend coming up to get the tourists back out to ocracoke island and assure the waterways are clear. >> what is your biggest concern then as tomorrow moves on? >> as i said earlier, the inland waters with the pamlica sound the way the winds are blowing, a lot of the water will be moving up the rivers and moving westward, and we want -- and it being hightide here within the next 45 minutes, i believe, a lot of water will be in places that it is not typically with the storm surge and the wind blowing.
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we want to make sure our folks in these areas, in the low-lying areas are safe. unfortunately now with it being dark, we don't know what we don't know, and we have to wait until the storm passes and we have sunlight and good flying conditions and we get out on the roads too to ensure that everybody is safe. of course, we will be responding once our stations are back up and running. hatterus islands are currently doing storm avoidance procedures and one of our inland stations, station hoboken is manned not within our wind parameters and sea parameters. >> so it sounds like your crews are on alert and watching for any possible flooding or any remanence of this. how are you making sure people
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are not letting their guards down at this point? >> at this point we have a couple stations in the outer banks that are unable to respond to search and rescue. however, we have a 24-hour command center that is open that can take reports, and we can investigate those timely and fortunately have not received distressed calls from mariners. >> bow ford, moorehead city, how are they faring there? >> we are located across the waterway from moorehead city. we have sustained winds at 35 knots. we still have our power. we have a diesel generator kicking if we lose power. fortunately for now we have power. >> all of those beautiful homes, any idea how they are doing? >> not at this time. again, we will be getting up and near first thing tomorrow morning and making damage assessments from the air to get an idea of beach erosion,
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home damage and so forth. >> okay. brian thompson, deputy sector commander, thank you so much for the update. keep us posted when daylight comes. >> we will, thank you. all right, we have continuing coverage, tropical storm conditions are really hitting the outer banks of north carolina as brian was mentioning there. hurricane earl now sustained winds of 100 miles per hour, and it is moving up the eastern seaboard. you are gonna get a lot of heavy winds. >> and a lot of wind and still some concern for that flooding like we were just talking about with brian. stay with us to see where earl is expected to hit next and what people are doing there to prepare.
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>> right now ren -- hurricane earl is a category two. it has sustained winds up to 120 miles per hour. we have rick leventhal in montock, new york. dawking to is talking to surfers despite the warning not to get in the water. >> not at this hour hopefully, but all day today and possibly tomorrow, once the rains start coming down it is unlikely to see the surfers. they did say they thought saturday would be the best day. local officials seem to be very prepared for this storm even though it doesn't appear to be as damaging as it once was feared it might be. they set up dozens of potential shelters in suffolk.
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50 altogether with a thousand cots and a thousand blankets in each one. they have plenty of food and water for people. they set up 1600 out of state power workers and they brought in trucks and extra transformers and wiring et cetera in case there are power outages when the storm passes through they can move those folks in. and they closed the beaches to swimming as a precaution because the waters are considered so dangerous. but they did to the issue an evacuation order. one of the reasons is that the storm is not expected to make a direct impact. but also because you cannot evacuate 3 million people off long island in the face of an advancing hurricane. here is more from the red cross told us a few hours ago. >> they are only a few roads off. we consider ourself to be a shelter in place. we are a community of three million people between the two counties. we don't encourage people to leave long island.
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even if an evacuation is recommended, we wouldn't be asking people to leave long island. we would ask them to get to higher ground, to a safer place. >> that said, they are still waiting to see once this storm pass thriewz if it does do any damage. if it does flow to any areas, or if there are people who need shelters, they will assess that and they will be able to move those people into the shelters, marianne. >> rick, what has the reaction been from people in montauk. were people out stocking up on supplies and preparing just in case? >> you know, we saw that, but they got problem steve warning -- they got plenty of warning and it was not expected to be too severe. and as the day went on less and less so. there were people we spoke with that were not willing to ride this one out. here is sound from one of them. >> i love watching the rough ocean like this, but we have moved back four times already because the water was up to us. we are almost in the dune.
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>> we are almost in the dune too, marianne. the water is coming up to our feet on the very edge of the beach. that's a huge concern. even if the storm turns out to be minimal sfar other impacts to montauk, the concern is it will chew away the little beach they have left. >> and you said earlier you were taken over by one of the waves? >> absolutely. it is almost hightide and they are expecting that there would be some sort of swells and the water might actually flood some of the lower lying streets. we haven't had any reports of flooding yet. it is a possibility. and tomorrow, i expect tomorrow afternoon with the heavy rains and hightide about 2:00 eastern we could see some local flooding. >> as greg .ed out, we are -- as greg pointed out, we are not used to seeing you without the rain pelted -- pelting you coming in sideways. >> if you want to see the pelting, we will be out here tomorrow and we expect to get dumped on.
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>> rick, thank you for the report from montauk, new york. let's talk about north carolina. the area seeing very heavy rain and winds. it is a promitory of land that boasts the largest sand dune in the united states. jockey's ridge, if i recall correctly where hang gliders love to hang. andy fox from north carolina filed this report. >> i'm here on the outer banks. gusty winds out here at 4:00 in the morning somewhere between 45 and 55 miles per hour. the storm is nowhere near what they thought it would be. we have a tide coming in right here, and it keeps coming up. this is low tide. the low tide is coming in. we've got uh -- a lot of sandbags down here protecting the outer banks. there is such significant over
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wash highway 12 is closed at the bottom of the bridge going across the inlet. that's the biggest news right now. their county emergency management as of 1:00 in the morning, no serious reports of any type of damage. they will be meeting at 4:30 in the morning, and they will figure out exactly how much damage has been done from early reports. there goes another wave right there. but the bottom line is, with the outer banks, they got lucky on this one. . the hurricanes are moving north and east away from us and it should be completely out of our area hopefully by 3:00 a.m. the bottom line for derrick county, this hurricane could have been a lot worse. hurricane earl could have been a disaster, and the outer banks dodged a bullet. on the outer banks of north carolina, andy fox, fox news. >> again that was andy fox.
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>> he was certainly getting hit sideways. >> he was. by the way, we will be checking in with some folks in cape cod. that's going to hit on friday. obviously a lot of people, long holiday weekend and they want to be in cape cod. and martha's vineyard and nantucket, all of the beautiful places. we will check in with how they are doing there and what they are doing to prepare coming up.
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welcome back. people along the eastern seaboard are still bracing for heavy winds and rains as hurricane earl moves up the coastline. and if earl stays on course, it is expected to approach indicate cod -- cape cod on friday night. join -- joining us is donna morissey on cape cod, massachusetts. tell us about what you are expecting there. >> well weerks have coordinated our relief efforts with the state. we have been asked to have supplies and volunteers on happened today as we open up five regional shelters on the cape and additional on nantucket and martha's vineyard. we are expecting heavy winds and rain and people are on stand by for rip currents and many of the beaches have been closed as the storm approaches. >> you know, it is still the height of the season in places like nantucket and our map is showing the island there off cape cod.
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how many shelters did you say on fantucket, and can that accommodate everybody? >> there is one shelter opening up today at 10:00 in the morning at the high school. so we will be there with supplies and volunteers. the challenge we faced was that we had to make sure we had enough volunteers and supplies that we have been flying in representatives and also taking ferries. we feel as though we are prepared. the red cross works 365 days a year to make sure we are prepared to respond to disasters, whether it is in our local communities or in this case a hurricane that is potentially bearing down. and we work closely not only with emergency management, but also other nonprofits to make sure that together we can respond to the community and make sure we can provide much needed humanitarian support to the people we serve. >> do you feel prepared at this point? and what more do you need?
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>> we do feel prepared. we had a monthly meeting leading up to this to not only go over the regional shelter plan, but we had strategically placed warehouses with supplies and a whole list of volunteers that have been trained by the red cross the so we could really use two things, people to register in the affected area to our red cross website at red cross .org. that's one secure site that people can use to make sure that loved ones both here in the area and across the country know they are safe and where they are. and the second thing is of course we rely on the donations of members of the public. so people can go to red cross .org, or they can text red cross to 90999 and make a $10 donation, and it helps us to continue our relief efforts. >> donna, give us a feeling as to how people are treating
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this thing. are they really paying attention? >> they definitely are. i am a native new england resident and i was on the cape and we were listening to the storm and authorities. as it got closer things started to ramp up. people are monitoring it closely. we are getting educational information out to people and making sure they know what to bring to the shelter. bring medication and maybe they have their favorite toy. we are there with a smile, comfort kit, cot, and this is what we do, day in and day out. it is working with our local community making sure during anxious times information is rapidly changing and people are watching the news closely and listening to the reports that we can respond in an instant and provide services
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from the red cross. >> and sometimes you get advanced in the of the cancellation of transportation. are you getting any word of that everything from the ferries that takes everyone out to nantucket and back to trains and so forth. are you getting any word of that? >> we have been meeting daily with the members of emergency management and other organizations here in the cape and the islands. i can tell you that we are prepared for any scenario. what we don't know is what's going to happen in the next 24 hours. but we are prepared in the event that the bridges are closed or if the ferries need to assist in service. we are here and we are ready and that's part of the mission at the red cross to make sure we are here and can assist our communities in great times of need. >> and donna, i was just up there, and there is so many low-lying areas around cape cod. at times like these, people worry about the elderly who can't get out.
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who may not have anybody they can contact. what do you do about those folks? >> we ask people at this time to check on their neighbors and check on family members and particularly the elderly. i know as a summer resident of cape cod, i have been around with my neighbors this week checking to make sure they have supplies, make sure they know the latest information if shelters were to open and what the latest guidance is. yesterday in fact there were some camp grounds that were evacuated and some beaches that were closed. so it is really just caring for each other. the red cross is based on a principal of neighbor helping neighbor. and that's what we are doing here in cape cod. i tell you, it is heartwarming to see people coming in from other parts of the country. now is our turn. we are having the hurricane and the disas inert northeast. but we -- disaster in the northeast. >> good for you and best of luck in your efforts. again anybody who has a neighbor or family member in the area, check in on them. make sure they are okay.
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make sure that they have an ability to get out if they need to. donna morissey, keep in touch. >> yeah, so far we have heard nothing but the best case scenario. these towns were bracing for the worst. good to know they were preparing just in case something like this would happen. and we heard from emergency management officials who say the flooding is still a problem. >> storm surge could be severe. we have to wait and see. we have continuing coverage of hurricane earl. the storm is moving up the atlantic coastline. coming up next, a look at where earl is already churning up some trouble. >> we will hear from an emergency services director on the outer banks of north carolina.
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it is the bottom of the hour and time for the top of the news on hurricane earl. >> the storm is continuing to march northward. earl's wind have weakened over the last self-hours. warnings are in affect now with people urged not to take this lightly. >> definitely. we heard from a lot of people saying even though it looks like it is not doing much, still make those preparations and be on the safe side. the hurricane's track has it bearing down on virginia beach, virginia, and that's where steve herrigan is live with the latest. steve, we talked to you earlier and you had wind, but no rain. what does it look like now? >> the first bits of rain are beginning to hit virginia beach. you mentioned people not
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taking this storm lightly. out on this beach we can actually see some people. if we had a night vision lens we could show you. there is a three to four foot surf there and dangerous rip tides. we have people wading in the water at this point and not wearing a lot of clothes. people are also walking along the boardwalk here. so evidently people not taking this storm all that seriously. we can see people out on their balconies and watching the surf. ordinarily you lose power and you have the windows all boarded up and you suffer with no news. it is a frightening experience. that's how it was in the caribbean. we were down there in the u.s. virgin islands. they took grooves off the houses. that's not the case here. the eye of the storm, at least as far as virginia goes, it is more than 100 miles off the coast. we are not seeing the structural damage.
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virginia was planning for disaster. they moved the national guard troops to the coast, and they made numerous public announcements. they had shelters in place to house as many as 18,000 people if necessary. it looks as though those steps are not necessary. we are getting gusts up to 40 miles an hour, but not the damage we anticipated. of course, one additional factor in this area, a lot of navy access in the area with the harbors. in a storm that will cause a great deal of damage, sometimes the ships are sent out to sea to get out of the storm's path. that has not been the case in this storm. officials are deciding if they could ride it out in port. those ships are secure and they are riding it out here. back to you guys. >> steve, earlier, you talked about the fact that local officials are pretty happen right now. they don't have to worry about tourists not being there for the long holiday weekend.
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>> certainly the concern as far as safety goes, structural damage and loss of power, that has not happened. the one concern that continues though is what is going to happen on the beaches. last saturday there were more than 140 rescues. some real concerns here. the red flags were out today. the surfers were out, but no one would go into the water past their waist. so concerns about that. but it is a big holiday weekend here in virginia beach. and a couple of major events scheduled. the american music theater show is expected to draw several thousand people. pat ben -- benitar and reo speed wagon. a half marathon expected to draw twenty,000 runners. labor day weekend you have 50,000 tourists expected to come in. it is not sure how many canceled because of the storm. but the music events and the race are still on schedule. there were concerns this storm may knock them out of action, and they are going ahead as planned.
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there is no power outage and no structural damage. there is hope that economically at least virginia beach won't be hit too hard by this storm this weekend. >> what are local officials most concerned with as we move through the day today? >> they are most really concerned with people going on the beach. they say it is going to be 24-48 hours really before it is safe to go in the water. we saw the surfers out today. we saw some people walking ankle deep. of course the police and lifeguards can't be everywhere. so you have people walking in the surf that seems to me quite a risky thing to be doing. even though we are not getting hurricane-force winds. it seems like a risk. >> yes, but anytime there is a risk with high waves, the surfers get pretty excited.
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>> sure, there are always two groups. you see it every hurricane. you can see surfers and people who drink a lot. in this case it is not surfers, but those who are deciding to wade in the water. >> and of course that does not include the fox crew. >> never. >> thank you, steve. he has been with us all morning in virginia beach. actually all night last night and all morning and bringing us live reports. one pretty peaest places in the world is the outer banks of north carolina. but it is very fragile. very few natural defenses. there is a string of barrier islands that is famous for december 17th, 1903. kill devil hills, kitty hawk, the wright brothers. so far it is the only place the evacuations are ordered. about 35,000 people told to get out. joanne smith, the emergency
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services director is on the phone with us now. what can you tell us about what is happening there? >> actually right here the winds are diminishing here. we have got some rain bands, but all in all, it has been pretty uneventful thank goodness. >> what were you told? what were you anticipating? >> we were not sure what we were anticipating. the track of the storm was so uncertain that we were unsure if it was going to track more to the west and give us a direct hit or if it was gonna be pushed off by that cold front we had coming in. >> talk about shelters and evacuations. >> well, we figured -- we were unsure of the track. we decided it would be best to call for a mandatory evacuation of our big bank area and go ahead and open shelters just in the event that people wanted to be in a
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safer area. >> and have people heeded that? or are they empty? >> they have pretty good numbers in them which is a surprise. i was not sure whether or not they would heed it or not. but they did and we had people leave the island and like i said, we have a pretty good number in each of our shelters. there are not a lot of egress access roads. >> actually there is more here than in hyde county or the hatterus area. but i don't think we had much trouble at all. >> that's good news. so when do you anticipate the evacuation orders to be lifted? when can people get back to
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their long holiday weekend? >> we are anticipating probably first thing in the morning. we've got a conference call with our eastern branch office, and then we have another conference call with our control group. that's at 7:00. they will probably make the decision at that time. >> joanne smith, emergency serviceses director in north carolina, good luck to you. >> thank you. >> hope this doesn't amount to too much. my goodness, you are really prepared. >> thank you very much. >> the crews are looking at me like i have three heads when i mention kitty hawk. >> no, that is good. >> december 17th, 1803, that was -- i was about four years old then. >> sure. >> i get nothing? not even a laugh? wake up. you are asleep. >> you got a laugh out of me. we continue to track hurricane earl as it moves northward, continues on its track northward. it is a category two with 105 mile per hour wind and 120
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mile per hour wind gusts in someplaces. we are gonna go now to rick leventhal in montauk, new york. he has been out there all day talking to surf -- surfers and maybe doing surfing himself? >> no surfing, but we are standing on high ground on the beach. we have found an island and the water has come up around us and reaching the dune there. you can see the fence. there is a lot of water on the beach and it is right up to the edge. that's one of the big concerns of locals here and that's the potential for beachy erosion -- beach erosion. so the winds may not be that high and may not get that strong. the surf is very strong. it has been chopping for a couple days now, and they are worried it may chop away a lot of the speech. for the people that are not that familiar with the ocean and its strength and go wandering out despite the flags, much of the beaches here, 17 miles in the east
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hampton township, 2 percent are protected by life lifeguards. and 98 percent are not. here is more from bill wilkinson, the east hampton supervisor. >> there are so many tourists in the area and nonresidents, they don't have the understanding of the sea conditions a lot of the local people have just growing up here and understanding what happens with big waves and what happens with flooding and tidal surges. caution is the word of the day. you cannot be off cautious. i have seen too many mistakes happen out here. we don't want that to happen. >> all of the beaches in montauk closed on thursday. they are expected to be closed again today on friday as the sun comes up, marianne. and they could be closed through the weekend. that's not good news with labor day coming. >> it is certainly not. did you hear anything from that emergency management official about what their plans are? it sounds like it will move on
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north pretty quick. >> absolutely. >> will they keep things closed? >> well, they have to assess the water itself, and the danger of it. as you can see, we are getting waves coming in right now. the bigger question is what are the waves doing tomorrow? what are the waves doing on saturday? the good news for business owners on the east end is that the weather is supposed to improve dramatically after tomorrow. saturday, sunday, monday expected to be sunny and zero percent chance of rain and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s. so sounds like a picture perfect weekend. but if people can't go in the ocean, it is not clear whether they will follow-up on their plans to come out here for the holiday weekend. i don't know if people know yet what the full financial impact of the storm might be. >> rick leventhal, thank you. that is the thing. there can be rip currents. you have to be careful. >> it would be dangerous for
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several days. that's every time they have a hurricane. be careful. >> we have much more as we continue to keep an eye on hurricane earl's march up the east coast. >> up next, the east coast and how they are preparing for this still dangerous storm. stay with us.
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welcome back. hurricane earl is about 85 miles east southeast of cape hatterus, north carolina and moving about 18 miles per hour. let's check in again with our extreme meteorologist rick white within the extreme weather center with the latest. rick? >> yeah, continuing to pull off toward the north east. you can see this last band of rain here, and once that passes through, things will
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move out rapidly. people may see sunshine on the southern side of the outer banks and maybe still toward the north dealing with the rain. we will see strong winds move through and winds that will continue to pummel a lot of water across the sound and cause flooding from the backside. so continue to watch that. this is a look at the path of the storm. and it does look at this point like the worst is going to continue to stay offshore. the only biggest concern we still have is out across maybe parts of cape cod and nantucket. take a look at this wind field here. the orange is hurricane force gusts and this yellow is tropical storm winds. you can see some tropical storm winds, but for the most part we will be watching this poe -- potentially keeping the winds out of here. seeing it for a short time, maybe two to three hours during the overnight hours. and then it books. it is gone very quickly, and it will be out in the cross areas like nova scotia.
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pretty significant rainfall totals, three to five inches across cape hatterus. it is out toward new jersey and the western side of long island and then maybe another two to three inches across long island. i have to tell you, we are headed toward the peak of hurricane season, and a lot of activity going on, there's earl and that is fiona which is a tropical storm that will move toward bermuda by tomorrow night and saturday. that is what was gastone and it will become gastone again. it could threaten the u.s. and behind that off the coast of africa there is another wave. so this train we are on looks like we will continue to deal with this for awhile. >> it is the season. rick, thanks very much. and people along the eastern coast of new jersey are getting ready for earl. the storm is heading up along the atlantic. joining us on the phone is david kircher. he is the coordinator for the office of emergency management in new jersey. thank you for joining us.
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what preparations are you making right now 1234* we heard from city managers up and down the east coast, and it looks like everyone prepared for the worst. that's right, marianne. we started moving our beach front stuff and getting the lifeguard stands and the equipment and those kinds of things. we put up our warnings and watches on our storm watch radio we prepared our police, fire, emergency service vehicles, and our high water rescues were there if we needed them. we don't seem to be looking at any evacuations unless something drastic changes in the next couple cycles. right now we are just looking at a little bit of rain and some wind and some really cur of -- cur rough surf coming up. >> are people taking the warnings seriously and making preparations today?
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>> yes, there were a lot of people out. as a matter of fact, my wife and i were down at the beach and taking a ride around earlier this afternoon, and i noticed a distinct drop in the number of vehicles and traffic on the road for a big weekend coming up, jersey shore, there was not a lot of traffic. >> that's what we heard. this is a big weekend. it is a holiday weekend and they were expecting a lot of tourists. do you feel like you dodged a bullet here? >> without a doubt. our beach department was planning on opening the beaches. as the situation dictates, if we see problems with rips and things like that, we usually consolidate down and put a large amount of man power on one or two beaches as opposed to allowing people in the water. we will consolidate down to one or two and have a massive presence on the lifeguard
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staff. >> what is your main concern right now. we have heard from a lot of people as far as the waves and there could be flooding in certain low-lying areas. what is your biggest concern moving forward today? >> our biggest concern is the beach erosion and the rip and rough surf. we are not expecting a really bad storm surge, and it looks like it is gonna hit at a low tide cycle. we are looking at less than moderate coastal flooding. >> david kirshcner, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. well, that will do it for us. thanks for staying with us during our live coverage of hurricane earl. >> the hurricane is now a category two storm packing 105 mile per hour winds in north carolina and west virginia coast lines. they are getting heavy wind and rains and warnings along the eastern seaboard north of there. for more storm coverage